The 8th annual Fibershed Symposium will explore the role of partnership in elevating and activating right relationship with bioregional material culture.
From soil to skin, partnerships elevate our experience with fiber and dye systems, our opportunity to implement meaningful and vital work, our hope and resilience in a changing climate, and our potential to find common ground. At present, there are many points of disconnection between humans, plants, and animals, and from this separation stems confusion, ignorance, and even division in our human communities. Through partnering with one another we engage, we participate, we carry responsibility, and we are nurtured.
Hear from scientists, community leaders, landscape managers, and artists: together we will come to understand how partnerships support whole ecosystem health and connections between communities. We will hear elements and insights of effective partnerships, and we will listen to cultural context of critical truths and imbalances that must be restored to cultivate pathways to collaboration.
Partnerships span from rich and diverse microbial communities under our feet, to the carbon-sequestering grazing and planting practices made possible through human collaboration, research, and guidance, to creative fiber and dye projects that provide a sense of place through land-based education.
In this year’s Symposium, we will look into how we support one another in generating a vision, a practice, and in turn, an in-perpetuity culture invested in managing whole systems with heart, wisdom, and intellect. We will converse and ask questions about modern ideas of sustainability and deconstruct popular narratives whose time has come to be re-evaluated and elevated.
We recognize this event will take place on the traditional territory of the Southern Pomo and Coast Miwok peoples.